This is the time of year that kicks off the holiday season with over-indulgences in food, shopping and more shopping after that.  Long lines at the post office begin, exponentiated traffic and pumpkin pies seemingly reproduce themselves.  Thanksgiving’s purpose is to celebrate the coming together and sharing of a meal with friends and family and while November doesn’t hold the patent on thankfulness, it is the time of year that we look for more of the things we are thankful for.  With the added stress of travel, quintessential meal planning, and avoiding uncle Al at the thanksgiving table, the busyness of the year often clouds our appreciation and we have less time to sit, relax and reflect without the football game taunting us in the background. Read More The ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE

A few years ago, I came across a book I loved entitled Dare, Dream, Do and instantly was both inspired and enamored by the author Whitney Johnson.  I have both lent and bought several copies of her book to give to friends/co-workers, in hopes that they would be just as inspired as I was after reading.  Whitney has recently published a new book utilizing the theory of disruptive innovation on a much more personal level and how it can be applied to an individual’s path to success.  Her second book is just as contemplative and I once again find myself thinking about passions, purpose and the work/life balance that I seek.  Filled with less antidotes and more theory, Read More Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson

Recently, a colleague  was feeling very unappreciated within his company.  He felt he was never commended for the job he was doing,  acknowledged for positive changes he had made within his department, or ever thanked for the extra hours he put in that seemingly went unnoticed by senior management.    Little by little,  he began to believe he was not liked or wanted within his company  – the narrative of our experience that unfortunately can be a louder voice than we would like it to be.   He enjoyed his job, bought into company values and had no desire to leave the company.   Ultimately this individual embarked on a job hunt leading him to take a job with another company, receiving the validation that his career experience had value and that he brought something needed to the table. Read More The invisible hurdle

rail 1Today I went skiing with my 7 year old son.  He is at the age where freestyle skiing is all the rage and we’ve been focusing on conquering the beginner terrain park.    My technique in teaching him has not been without failure.  I have told him what to do, encouraged him to try and had him watch others ride boxes and rails that he so desires to achieve.  But all my efforts in these tactics have come up with him being disappointed and not learning the intended goal.  Down we go again, to ride up to the top and have another short run at it.  Needless to say, it hasn’t been the most productive use of our time. Read More Boxes and Rails

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Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article about how yogurt companies are cosmetically changing their packaging to specifically target male shoppers. The “traditional pink” yogurt aisle has discouraged men from buying yogurt despite men shopping the same amount as women in the grocery store. Bold packaging with increased ounces, more protein and black labels will soon be on the shelf in the local dairy section. This may sound ridiculous but millions of marketing dollars have been spent discovering how these large companies can capture more of the market share. By simply changing the packaging,
a different impression can be made. Read More Packaging Impressions

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While watching a TED talk recently, I learned the following statistics about smiling.  smile

  • Less than 33% of adults smile more than 20 times a day, while 14% smile less than five times a day.

The simple interpretation……the majority of us are smiling between 5-20 times a day.  That may not be all that surprising until you learn that children smile on average over 400 times daily. Being a grown up doesn’t sound all that much fun in comparison.
Read More Don’t forget to Smile!

Mile1_JesusV_FlikrOn Saturday, I headed out for my morning run.  A paved running trails lays behind my house bordering a nature preserve making motivation innate on such beautiful mornings.  Rows of porches line the pathway and the aroma of coffee permeates as individuals rejuvenate and watch the sun blaze up from the horizon.   A casual nod or hello is standard as runners and bikers are commonplace on the trail, but most individuals aren’t distracted from the peacefulness that is easily breathed in with the morning light. Read More Mile One